Job at Mott MacDonald for a Communications Officer

Mott MacDonald – DEEPEN is a UK government-funded programme designed to
improve the quality of education in private schools in Nigeria.
Mott MacDonald is recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Communications Officer
Job Ref: 23933BR
Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Job Category: Management consultancy, International development
Contract Type: Contract
Work Pattern: Full-Time

Job Descriptions
Accountabilities and Responsibilities:

  • All aspects of the programme’s communications activities and
    strategy, working across the Results and Learning and technical teams as
  • Work with the senior management team to develop and implement an effective communications strategy for the programme,
  • Proactively engage with all members of the technical team on a
    regular basis to understand their current/planned activities in detail
    and identify their communication needs
  • Identify and highlight any political and/or commercial sensitivities arising from programme interventions and/or communications
  • Consider and promote the sustainability of communications
  • Support the delivery of inputs to key events such as conferences
    and presentations, including preparing presentations and exhibition
  • Advise and support the technical team on any online media
    communications issues regarding the programme
    interventions;Communications, Publications and Branding
  • The development and delivery of all communications activities
    regarding the programme including advocacy, campaigns, newsletters,
    leaflets, policy briefs, fact sheets, case studies, booklets etc., and
    the development and maintenance of the DEEPEN’s website;
  • Manage the programme brand by developing and driving strategies
    to ensure the effective delivery of the set objectives of the programme
    by ensuring that the brand is properly represented to all stakeholders;
  • Proactively identify opportunities for strengthening the brand
    and providing the necessary support for acting in all such developments;
  • Maintain, update and oversee the programme resource centre (website) and social media channels and accounts;
  • Guide and supervise external communications, including
    reviewing, checking and quality assuring external communications before
  • Oversee the programme’s knowledge management activities in accordance with CENL’s current best practices;
  • Produce regular reports, containing rolling work plans and costed budgets
  • Participate in regular update meetings
  • Assist the Education Data, Research and Evaluation in Nigeria
    (EDOREN) programme and/or DFID (as appropriate) on DEEPEN’s statutory
    and/or annual reviews;
  • Ensure that communications address the disaggregated areas of
    gender and poverty (household income level) wherever possible to
    communicate the programme’s impact on girls and low-income families
  • Develop effective and professional relationships with key stakeholders
  • Liaise with the Monitoring Officer to monitor and measure the impact of programme communications and their value for money
  • Liaise with DFID, and its Results Adviser and Communications
    Advisor in particular, to ensure consistent and agreed communications;
  • Provide support to DFID and in conjunction with other state level programmes in the production of the DFID at Work publication;
  • Liaise with editors and designers on the final layout of any leaflets and/or booklets;
  • Liaise with printers, prepare print specifications and ensure that only quality products are accepted and issued;
  • Knowledge Management
  • Ensure that all written materials are drafted in a concise
    manner, plain English and appropriately worded for the relevant
    audience, and the material presented in attractive, creative and
    compelling format
  • The effective communication and promotion of ambition,
    activities and achievements to diverse external audiences locally,
    nationally and internationally using various appropriate public
    relations strategies and media tools;
  • Ensure that all relevant documentation and published outputs are
    produced to agreed formats (whether guided by DFID requirements or
    Cambridge Education Nigeria Limited (CENL) or programme ‘house style’)
    and where applicable, disseminated to the target audience in a relevant
    and timely manner;
  • Manage the production of DEEPEN’s publicity material,
    documentation, video and audio and ensure quality assurance standards
    are adhered to;
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Competencies, Skills, Qualifications and Experience

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent;
  • Previous experience in supporting the effective implementation of a communications strategy in Nigeria is essential.
  • Excellent IT skills and expert knowledge of all Microsoft
    packages as well as presentation skills (proficiency in Adobe, Coral
    Draw and Desktop Publishing would also be valuable);
  • Ability to work with a wide range of people, including public
    officials, the media, and consultants to deliver programme objectives;
  • Proven ability to multi-task and prioritise effectively;
  • Willingness to be flexible and prepared to contribute to the programme on other duties as required;
  • Previous experience in working within a result-oriented communications team;
  • Previous experience in formulating effective strategies based on thoroughly conducted market research and recommendations;
  • Ability to understand programme issues in line with other
    relevant issues within the Ministry, economy and other stakeholder
    bodies and ability to work proactively based on the information
  • Ability to apply analytical capability to review project
    information and extract the key lessons, distinguishing ‘what we did’
    from ‘how we did it’;
  • Excellent interpersonal, intercultural and negotiation skills;
  • Specific focus on the education sector would be highly advantageous;
  • Fluent in English (spoken, reading and writing). Excellent oral
    and written communications skills, creativity and strong attention to
    detail and accuracy are required for this post;
  • Good understanding of the most popular local languages in Lagos;
  • Proactive approach to the programming of communications activities with proven project management (including budgeting) skills;
  • Proven track record in public relations, communications and
    marketing – including the delivery of communications, use of media and
    print in information dissemination as well as experience in advocacy
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  • Degree in Strategic Mass Communications (particularly in the
    context of behavioural change and/or social development) or the media;
  • Experience of working in project capacity with the Ministry of Education;
  • Proven track record of using innovative communications where conventional approaches have not offered adequate solutions;
  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams in projects or
    programmes with components of social development and/or poverty
    reduction; and
  • Experience working with donor agencies (specifically DFID).
  • Relevant professional qualification in journalism, public relations or communications (i.e. CIPR, ACCA, CIM, etc.);
  • Experience working on education and/or international development
    projects or programmes, specifically those concerned with private
    education and/or low-cost private schools;
  • Experience of working within an M4P framework;

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
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